• Family,  Friends,  Places

    A quick trip to Quezon

    For weeks, I pestered my parents for us to take a trip. It doesn’t have to be far away! I just want to get away from the metro for a while!

    Finally, on a weekend near the end of November, they caved to my whining. We’d be going to Quezon for an overnight trip, and they encouraged me to bring Gelo so I’ll have company.

    beach, trees

    And so, with some alcohol in the bed of our pickup and way more food than is necessary for an overnight trip, we drove to Real, Quezon. Being the chronically sleepy bum that I am, I spent the whole drive fast asleep, curled up like a cat, while Gelo happily made conversation with my parents.

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  • Beauty,  Food,  Places,  Self-care

    Treat Yo Self: October 2018

    October was a rough month for me: as I mentioned, I was dealing with a lot of problems. It got to the point where I was crying in the shower that I take before going to work.

    I don’t have a lot of disposable income right now due to bills, but one week in October, I just said: screw it. I deserve to splurge at least a little bit to make myself feel better.

    First, I got a gel manicure from Nail Tropics:

    Snapchat filters are life!
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  • Places,  Ruminations

    My heart belongs to the city

    I’m a city rat. Always have been, always will be. That’s why I love Cubao: even with all the pickpockets, the energy of that place always warms my heart somethin’ fierce.
    Along Quezon Avenue

    Of course, the chaos of the city gets to me sometimes. The roar of some douchebag’s motorcycle at 2AM, the yelling of drunken maniacs on the streets… Not to mention the filth, smell, and crowds of the metro. It’s almost enough to make me want to live in a farm.


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  • Places,  Ruminations

    Adventures in Madlum

    Okay. So when I climbed Mt. Talamitam, I swore that I wouldn’t do it again. Which is why it surprised me when I started dreaming of another peak to conquer.
    What I love about mountain climbing is that it’s so goal-oriented: I have to reach the top and I have to get back down, no matter what. When I get invited to other activities like Muay Thai, running, or Zumba, I shake my head because I don’t enjoy it; I don’t see the point. With mountain climbing, though, it’s always the same no matter what: you have to get up and get back down again, with various challenges in between.
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  • Activities,  Places

    I conquered a mountain!

    I’ll be the first to say that I’m not an active person. My exercise routine consists of “go upstairs to the cafeteria and grab some food”. Obviously, I’m not the fittest gal in the world, and it’s crazy to think I’d climb a mountain. Right?
    Wrong! A co-worker invited me to climb Mt. Talamitam in Batangas with his college friends, and I, always wanting to try something at least once, gamely agreed.

    Thought Process

    Several days before the climb: This will be fun!
    Pre-Climb Anxiety (one day before): I will be able to get through this, right? *tries to convince myself*
    10 minutes into the climb: This isn’t so bad. This is fun! Yay!
    30 minutes into the climb: Ow, my legs/feet/calves/back! I’m already cramping!!
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  • Family,  Places

    Random snaps from Negros Occidental

    Despite The Ruins being the highlight of our Bacolod trip, that doesn’t mean I didn’t enjoy the places in between as well. Although none of them matched up to the ruins (nothing will ever match the ruins, ever), I was still able to get some decent shots.


    Where my mom and I argued about the kind of fish that was swimming in the lagoon.
    Me: It’s tilapia!
    Mom: Why would they put tilapia in a lagoon?!
    (Upon asking a local, it turned out I was right: the fish were tilapia. WHO SAYS MOTHERS KNOW BEST?!)

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  • Places

    Calea Pastries & Coffee’s blueberry cheesecake

    Before my mom and I went to Bacolod, she did extensive research on the Internet on places to visit there. This one place, Calea Pastries & Coffee, kept coming up. Apparently their chocolate cake is a must-try, so we decided to give it a shot.
    When I saw it, I kinda fell in love. It’s really cute! The combination of blue, white, and yellow was so dainty and seemed perfect for the delicate cakes.

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  • Places

    History and romance at The Ruins

    Ladies and gentlemen, let me show you the most breathtaking place I have ever set foot on:
    The Ruins in Talisay City, Negros Occidental.
    Photos don’t do it justice. Its majesty is utterly awe-inspiring. After a commute through noisy concrete streets, stepping into this place, I felt transported into a whole other elegant, romantic world.
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  • Family,  Places

    Bolinao beachbums

    (AKA in which I shall talk about my trip to Bolinao, Pangasinan with my family.)

    First stop was breakfast at Adora’s, where I had the tastiest tapa I’ve eaten since my favorite carenderia near UST closed.

    After breakfast, we stopped at St. James Parish, which was right around the corner.

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  • Friends,  Places

    Ilocos with mah gurlz, part 3

    The last part of my Ilocos photodump series. Check out parts one and two.

    Bell tower…??

    Okay, honestly, I forgot what this place is called. It’s definitely not the sinking bell tower, so I’m stumped.

    A better blogger would do research so she could properly inform her readers. I am not that better blogger.

    Kapurpurawan rock formation

    A three-kilometer trek that we didn’t finish because the morning heat was too much for us.

    Bangui windmills

    I was honestly afraid that the blades would fall and crush me, like in a Final Destination movie.

    Bangui was the last place we visited before we went of swimming in Pagudpud. I wasn’t able to take beach photos—a damn shame, since the beach there is beautiful, with fine sand and clear waters. We also had the most delicious bagnet there! Just thinking about it makes me ache; that was one damn fine bagnet.

    Well, that concludes my Ilocos photodump series. If you’re looking for the same experience, here are the contact details of the travel agency we booked:

    J2f Escapades Tours & Travel
    Mobile nos.: 09175477433 – 09399165772
    E-mail address: yza_felipe@yahoo.com